The United Kingdom is going to present a resolution proposal at the UN’s security council calling for an immediate cease-fire in Yemen after the carnage perpetrated at a funeral ceremony in the capital of Sanaa, the British ambassador announced Friday in front of member nations.
“We have decided to present a resolution on Yemen to the security council, calling for the immediate end to hostilities and a revisit of the political process,” Matthew Rycroft indicated to journalists.
The text, which also demands access to humanitarian aid, will be presented to 15 members of the council in the coming days.
According to the UN, more than 140 people were killed and at least 525 injured in the airstrikes on Saturday, attributed to the Shiite Houthi rebels who control the Arab coalition in Sanaa for more than 18 months in Yemen in support of the internationally recognized government.
Human Rights Watch called the attacks an “apparent war crime.”
The British initiative in the security council follows a blockage by Russia, who denounces this coalition led by Saudi Arabia, in a declaration denouncing Saturday’s attack and calling for a return to the cease-fire.
Russian ambassador Vitali Tchourkine estimated that this text, already proposed by the UK, was “extremely weak and general,” judging that a new diplomatic approach in Yemen was necessary.
The coalition is regularly accused of “smears” in Yemen. The situation has embarrassed the US, who has provided information, munition, and logistical aid to Ryad.
Russia, who has friendly relations with Iran, criticized western nations supporting the coalition, presenting these criticisms such as those which Moscow is subject to on its air raids in Syria.
The US for the first time bombarded the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen on Wednesday (US time), accusing them of shooting at American warships in the Red Sea, an allegation denounced Thursday by the insurgents.
Washington called for “protecting” its ships and does not wish to further implicate itself in the civil war which has torn up the country, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.
The conflict has caused more than 6,800 deaths, of which nearly two-thirds are civilians, since the intervention of the coallition in Yemen, according to the UN.
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